It’s Alright by Mother, Mother

This week’s song of the week was recommended by MIA Reader Harper West: “As a psychotherapist, I use the song in mindful self-compassion group classes. I like how this song starts with examples of the negative self-talk that many people have and then progresses to more accepting and less shaming language. Shame and low self-worth are very often the core causes of “mental illnesses” such as anxiety and depression, so the more we can directly address shame and reduce stigma, the more effectively we can help those who are struggling emotionally with feelings of inadequacy. In my work with clients, I use shame-informed and compassion-based interventions and educate extensively against the medical model.”

-Harper West


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